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European Travel Guides

Friday, October 18th, 2013

VOTING – in this article not only do you see a range of European travel guides for a range of locations but you can vote for your most favorite affordable destination. Each of the listed items has a more substantial guide to each of the locations.

European Travel Guides

Best Affordable Destinations In Europe

When looking for the perfect vacation destination, European cities often seem daunting due to unfavorable exchange rates and generally high price tags. However, there are still several destinations where travelers can experience all that Europe has to offer without breaking the bank. From towering cathedrals to bubbling hot springs, homey cafes to lively bars, these cities are sure to keep both you and your wallet happy.

Lisbon, Portugal
Krakow, Poland
Prague, Czech Republic
Istanbul, Turkey
Budapest, Hungary
Valencia, Spain
Berlin, Germany
Barcelona, Spain
Crete, Greece
Riga, Latvia
Amsterdam, Holland
Bucharest, Romania

If any of the above locations are interesting then go see the individual European travel guide to get a much deeper insight into that destinations. You can visit the original site at Travel – US News – and don’t forget to vote…..

Travel News

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

AIRPORTS – when you’re going on vacation then one key piece of travel news might be the flight destination and departure – the airport. In this report from Erin K. Shields at Huffington Post the author looks in detail at what are considered the top ten airports in the world with superior amenities. It appears that the vast majority of these airports are in the US – which is somewhat reassuring.

Travel News

10 Airports With Awesome Amenities

While traveling is ultimately about getting from point A to point B, there’s no harm in wanting to have an enjoyable experience along the way. Airports around the world are making the journey more fun with upscale restaurants, entertaining activities and a whole host of unique amenities. From yoga rooms and golf courses to breweries and rooftop pools, airports are becoming attractions in their own right. So whether you’ve encountered a travel setback or you have some time to kill before your flight, U.S. News Travel’s list of airports with awesome amenities will help keep you occupied in transit. After reading this roundup, you’ll be begging for a longer layover.

Miami International Airport – Miami
Hong Kong International Airport – Hong Kong
Amsterdam Airport – Schiphol – Amsterdam
Vancouver International Airport – Vancouver
San Francisco International Airport – San Francisco
London Heathrow Airport – London
Munich Airport – Munich
Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Chicago
Denver International Airport – Denver
Changi Airport – Singapore

Each of the ten listed items has as comprehensive write-up on the webpage at The Huffington Post which often has useful travel news information. Each article tends to have useful related links so if you are looking to travel in the near future maybe a visit to the site might be helpful.

Best Travel Destinations

Friday, September 6th, 2013

HOTTEST – we try to find articles such as Heidi Mitchell’s (see below) which are not just standard items but provide some added focus and these best travel destinations relate to places that offer hot conditions, also we like the fact that some of these destinations are not main-steam so there is something you may not have seen before……

Best Travel Destinations

Hottest Travel Destinations Of 2013

We reveal the year’s hottest travel destinations, from a still-undiscovered corner of Italy to an unexpected
foodie mecca in the American heartland.

A pristine bay in Costa Rica has been a secret favorite of backpackers and migrating whales. But it couldn’t stay under that shroud of cloud forest forever. The opening of an eco-resort makes Bahia Ballena more inviting and accessible, and 2013 the right moment to visit.

The world is still vast, and even as you check iconic places off your bucket list, there’s a craving to set sail for the new, the next, the undiscovered. To determine which destinations like Bahia Ballena are coming up on the radar, T+L asked safari experts and art dealers, cutting-edge chefs and even branding agencies where they’re seeing a new neighborhood emerge or wineries getting more acclaim. What started with 40-odd places we distilled down to a baker’s dozen: the hottest travel destinations of 2013.

Two countries written off in recent years—Zambia and the Philippines—are safe to visit once again, and thriving with cool new safari camps and island thatched-roof villas. The archipelago of Palawan, a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Philippines, just added a resort with a scuba center; hop a two-hour flight from Hong Kong, and you’ll soon be diving with the sea turtles.

In Amsterdam, reachable by nonstop flights from many U.S. cities, the Rijksmuseum emerges from a 10-year renovation in April 2013, with a wing devoted to Vermeer and Rembrandt, steps from the recently redone Stedelijk Museum. And a 7,000-year-old historic region in the arch of Italy’s boot may finally see its moment in the sun thanks to the debut of a Hollywood legend’s family home as a hotel.

Even in our backyard, we’ve found places that offer compelling new reasons to visit this year. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, two chefs are shaking up the food scene, while Minneapolis has embraced the foraging-and-farming ethos of Scandinavia—Bachelor Farmer has the city’s first-ever rooftop garden, and an alum of Noma restaurant has set up shop at Union.

So get out your map, block out some vacation time on your calendar, and make 2013 a year of travel discoveries. We promise at least a few of these places to go next will surprise you. 

Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica
Basilicata, Italy
Puerto Rico
Minneapolis
Réunion
Philippines
Nepal
Charlevoix, Quebec
Uco Valley, Argentina
Zambia
Amsterdam
Gold Coast, Australia
Marseilles, France

These best travel destinations are from an article earlier in 2013 but nevertheless they are still valid for 2014 for those in the northern hemisphere and 2013 for any in the southern hemisphere. By visiting the article at Travel And Leisure you can see more additional information for each of the locations in the list.

Best Travel Destinations

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

POPULAR CITIES – Megan Willett looks at the best travel destinations in the form of actual visitor numbers to specific cities.

Best Travel Destinations

The 20 New Most Popular Cities For Tourists

For the first time in three years, an Asian city is expected to welcome more tourists than any other city in the world.

Bangkok, Thailand will be the number one destination for tourists in 2013, according to MasterCard’s new Global Destination Cities Index.

It beat out major destinations like London, Paris, New York, and Dubai with an anticipated 15.98 million international arrivals in 2013.

The annual report forecasts estimated arrivals of foreign visitors, as well as how much they are expected to spend in total. The numbers are based on data from tourism boards, number of flights in and out of the country, and the amount of reservations at paid accommodations in the city. 

Keep reading to see which other destinations will be popular with tourists.

20 – Los Angeles
19 – Riyadh
18 – Taipei
17 – Vienna
16 – Tokyo
15 – Amsterdam
14 – Shanghai
13 – Rome
12 – Milan
11 – Seoul
10 – Barcelona
9 – Hong Kong
8 – Kuala Lumpur
7 – Dubai
6 – Istanbul
5 – New York
4 – Singapore
3 – Paris
2 – London
1 – Bangkok

So this is a mixed bag of locations and if each of the volumes (see the size of tourist volumes at the site Business Insider) then these cities can be considered some of the best travel destinations. The great thing about this list is it offers such as wide choice of styles and experiences.

Best Travel Destinations

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

TOP X PLACES FOR 2013 – in this article by Lisa Gill she lists a series of five best travel destinations for the coming year as always with these lists the rationale can be rather tenuous. We’re not sure on what basis Lisa outlines this list.

Best Travel Destinations

Best Places To Go In 2013

Wondering where to plan your first trip of 2013? Lisa Gill was on the Today show this morning talking about the best places to go this year; here are her full picks

Amsterdam

Forget the bongs and the bachelor party clichés—there’s a slew of fresh reasons to visit the forward-thinking capital of Holland. Major museum renovations, mouthwatering locavore restaurants, myriad avant-garde design shops, and—for those newly intrigued with how the Dutch protect their low-lying lands—a crop of cutting-edge architecture (floating house, anyone?) Read all about Amsterdam’s cultural renaissance and start planning your trip.

Where to stay: The Andaz Amsterdam, with rooms in January starting at $400 a night.

Seoul

The Gangnam Style phenomenon has turned attention to all things Korean, But apart from Psy and that horse dance, we’ve seen Korean culture making its mark on the fashion, art, and food in the U.S. over the past decade.

Seoul offers everything you’d want from a major global city: shopping galore, especially in the Gangnam neighborhood, plus fantastic food, and great nightlife as well. It’s one of the most vibrant, wired, and innovative cities in Asia.

Where to stay: The Park Hyatt Seoul has killer views (even from the bathroom) with rooms in January starting at $330.

Nashville

The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a hot, trendy new food scene and its famous, funky music scene. The “haute southern” cuisine is flourishing in Nashville at restaurants like The Patterson House and The Catbird Seat. Not to mention some of the tastiest and most creative cocktails we’ve ever tried. At night, you can’t walk two blocks without coming across some incredible live music, from bluegrass to brass bands, zydeco to country.

Where to stay: Try the Hutton Hotel for a sophisticated yet modern atmosphere, with rooms starting at $197.

New Orleans

If there’s a city that knows how to have a good time, it’s New Orleans.

The proud host of the Superbowl in 2013, New Orleanians are turning on the charm big-time. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has just completed an $85 million restoration. The historic Joy Theater on Canal Street has just reopened for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, now with a 10,000 square foot theater/performance space. Across the street, the historic Saenger Theatre is in the midst of a $51 million renovation as well.

You can visit during the January anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of New Orleans. You can visit during the Superbowl in February. There’s Mardi Gras on February 12, and Jazz Fest in April and May. There’s no city with more holidays than New Orleans, and with a booming hotel and restaurant scene to match—not to mention all that great nightlife—you couldn’t have a bad time if you tried.

Where to stay: A Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Hot List pick, the Saint hotel on Canal Street is modern, stylish, and within walking distance to the French Quarter and the historic Garden District. Rooms start at $139

Toronto

One of the top five cities in Canada, according to our Readers’ Choice Awards, the thrills in Toronto come from the stunning architecture, diverse array of restaurants, and energetic arts and cultural scene. The restaurant scene has really taken off in recent years, with New York’s famous chef David Chang just opening a new outpost of his Momofuku empire. Plus, this city has some hot new hotels.

Where to stay: The Thompson Toronto offers great city views along with modern luxury and a small skating rink. Rooms start at $192.

This list of best travel destinations by Lisa is interesting in its eclectic style but perhaps this is the very nature of a good ‘best of’ list – this particular list can be found at The Daily Traveler – we hope you find it useful – let us know what you think of each of the locations or perhaps the whole list? Is it something that you find useful?

Top Ten Travel Destinations

Monday, August 27th, 2012

ART ARCHITECTURE AND TRAVEL – if you yearn for a more sophisticated form of visiting new locations or are just interested in beautiful artifacts then this top ten travel destinations for art and architecture may just be for you. We’re looking outside the US for these vacation spots…..

Top Ten Travel Destinations

(Reuters) – From Picasso in St. Petersburg to sculptures in Sydney, Hotwire.com has compiled a list of the top 10 places to admire famous art around the world. Reuters has not endorsed this list.

1. Paris, France

It may seem obvious, but there’s a reason why Paris always ends up on top of most art-lovers’ lists. Start with one of the largest and most well-known museums in the world, the Louvre (Musee du Louvre). This museum displays an estimated 380,000 objects and 35,000 works of art including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. And of course, the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) is one of the most famous architectural works of art in its own right. Beyond the Louvre, visitors can experience impressionist and post-impressionist French art at the Musee d’Orsay, the surrealist movement at Espace Dali or view modern works by artists like Pablo Picasso at the Musee d’Art Moderne.

2. Florence, Italy

Known as the “cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence is overflowing with beautiful pieces of art and architecture. Before even setting foot inside a museum, visitors can take a tour of Firenze to bask in all of the great architecture that makes up the city. From palaces to monuments to religious buildings, the city itself is a giant museum of master architectural work that is sure to leave folks breathless. Once inside these beautiful buildings, be sure to visit Galleria dell’ Accademia (Academy Gallery), which is home to Michelangelo’s David, or the Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries), to view works from artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.

3. Vatican City

St. Peter’s Square is an architectural masterpiece designed by Gian Bernini in the seventeenth century, but it’s the Vatican museums and churches that are the stars. These museums hold an immense collection of sculptures, paintings and artefacts that have been collected by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. This includes some of history’s most renowned works of art, such as Michelangelo’s painted ceiling at the Sistine Chapel and the Last Judgment. Famous works by Raphael can also be found throughout the Vatican but are mostly concentrated in the Apostolic Palace. And don’t forget, just outside the Vatican walls sits Rome, which could stand alone as an art lover’s delight with its museums and Roman architecture.

4. Berlin, Germany

Over the last 20 years, Berlin has emerged as one of the biggest art venues in Europe with an impressive selection of new architecture, exhibits and art galleries. But even with its new art scene, Berlin will always have strong ties to the past, which can be seen at one of the 17 Berlin State Museums that are divided into five clusters. Museumsinsel (Museum Island), a complex of five museums, is the largest in Europe, and is comprised of the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, and Pergamon Museum, which were all built on the site of the original city settlement. The museums’ collections range from Roman and Greek Classical Antiquities, to 19th century sculptures and paintings, to prehistory and early history.

5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is a great destination to experience the out-of-the-ordinary, and the art is no exception. If you are craving something a little unusual, The Florescent Art Museum, also known as “Electric Ladyland,” is a tribute to Jimi Hendrix and has a vast collection of psychedelic pieces. But the Dutch also have a wealth of classics, and gave the world such famous painters as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum displays the most extensive collection of his work including 200 paintings, 550 sketches and hundreds of letters from Van Gogh to his brother Theo.

6. St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is arguably one of the most picturesque cities in the world, and at its center is the State Hermitage Museum. This museum contains three million pieces, including works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Nicolas Poussin. It is also one of the most extensive museums with objects from around the world, ranging in time from pre-historic to post-modern. St. Petersburg also has a wealth of museums dedicated to Russian art, with the State Russian Museums housing the largest collection of pieces from Russia. For something out-of-the-box, be sure to stop by the Museum of Non-Conformist Art, which features the art movement under the Soviet Union.

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

The community of Santa Fe has long been considered both a haven for creativity and an important gathering place for the American art community, especially those who love Native art. In August, the annual Santa Fe Indian Market attracts thousands of visitors to the city for the largest showing of authentic Native art in the world. Other art enthusiasts with eclectic tastes can venture to the art district on Canyon Road, which features more than 100 art galleries and studios. Finally, Santa Fe was home to many well-known artists including Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe became famous for her depictions of enlarged flowers and paintings inspired by her time in New Mexico, which are on exhibition at The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
8. Los Angeles, California
As one of the most eclectic cities in the United States, Los Angeles is a giant melting pot of art that is just waiting to be explored, with a lot of it on the cutting edge of modernity. Visit Chris Burden’s iconic Urban Light display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in West Hollywood, or travel downtown to the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA.L, where artists such as Banksy and Tim Burton have shown their work. LA is home to not only one, but two Getty Museums. Whether travellers feel like exploring the beautiful gardens at the Getty Villa, or admiring the collections of European and American art at the Getty Center, both venues provide breathtaking views of the City of Angels.

9. Sydney, Australia

Even though Sydney is more known for its beautiful beaches, it still offers travellers a unique artistic experience. Visitors can explore the city to see the architecture, local galleries and the Sydney Sculpture Walk, which features Australian and contemporary artists. In March, Sydney celebrates its vibrant art scene with a month-long festival. During Art Month, visitors can not only expect an abundance of art exhibits, but can experience art talks, tours, performances, art bars and gallery openings. Or for a more intimate look into Sydney’s local art, Sydney Art Tours lead people through the smaller galleries and provide an up-close look into artists’ studios. Travellers can also head over to Balmain, the suburb of Sydney where artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers are known to hang-out. And don’t leave Sydney without touring its most famous piece of architecture, The Sydney Opera House.

10. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo offers art enthusiasts a chance to experience amazing Asian styles that were created independently of the West. The city is home to more than 240 museums, such as the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and the Nerima Art Museum, plus an array of magnificent temples and shrines. For the arts and crafts lover, visit Tokyo’s arts and crafts scene at the Edo Shitamachi Traditional Museum, and for someone with an ear for music, stop by the Musashino Music College Musical Instrument Museum, which has more than 5,000 instruments from all over the world.

If you are interested in the arts at all many of these top ten travel destinations will be familiar to you but perhaps some may not be so familiar. Lets face it Australia and Japan may not be the first (of ten names) that spring to mind when we are talking about the topics of art and architecture and they are not necessarily focusing the item about Australia on The Sydney Opera House. To see the original go to Reuters.

Top Ten Travel Destinations

Friday, May 25th, 2012

FOR GRADUATES – in this article we’re looking at the top ten travel destinations for graduates from the US. It shows the full range of experiences which young people would enjoy. Including exciting activities and low-cost travel elements.

Top Ten Travel Destinations

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (Reuters) – You’re in the final phase of
revision before exams and the glorious release from academia.
Soon it will be time for graduates to celebrate the successful
completion of their degrees. In that spirit, online travel
adviser Travel Ticker (www.travel-ticker.com) offers its
top 10 graduate destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this
list:

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is not only home to some of the best historic and
artistic attractions, but it’s also one of the most fun and
young European cities on the other side of the Atlantic. This
makes it a great destination for recent grads to experience a
fantastic mix of culture and nightlife. Some notable attractions
include the beautiful canals, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum
and old Heineken brewery. Also, with welcoming locals and
bicycle-friendly streets, it’s easy to seamlessly fit into
Amsterdam while enjoying all that it has to offer. The best time
for grads to get a great deal and avoid crowds will be October
through April.

2. Havana, Cuba
Great news! The island of Cuba is no-longer off-limits to
Americans, which means they can finally experience the city of
Havana’s thrilling nightlife, lively culture and Cuba’s sunny
beaches. With a tropical climate year-round, travelers can
expect great temperatures to follow them as they wander through
the colorful streets, explore the beautiful colonial
architecture and cathedrals, and enjoy exciting Cuban music all
in sandals and shorts. But nothing says celebration like
visiting one of Cuba’s famous cigar factories or treating
yourself to dinner and a cabaret show at the original Tropicana
Club.

3. Dublin, Ireland
Let’s be honest, the first thing many recent grads are
hoping to do is to mark the occasion with a party, and nobody
knows how to celebrate like the Irish. Dublin, one of Europe’s
most youthful cities, is not only known for its abundance of
pubs, but also for its locals who are famous for making any day
a day to party. And with its beautiful green scenery, maritime
climate and cool summers where the sunniest days are directly
after graduation (May and June), Dublin is a great city to raise
a glass to your new degree.

4. Ibiza, Spain
As one of the party capitals of the world and Spain’s most
stunning island retreat, Ibiza is known for its exotic
nightclubs and warm, turquoise waters. This makes it a great
getaway destination for grads looking for a young, hip crowd and
lots of beach time. More importantly, starting right after
graduation (in May) the island has its best summer weather with
beautiful, clear, sunny days – perfect for those wanting to
unwind and people watch on the beach or just frolic amongst the
waves. The summer months also attract some of the best DJs from
all over the world, so at sunset the island transforms into a
vibrant party that’s fun for all.

5. Prague, Czech Republic
For recent graduates looking for a destination providing a
more laidback experience, but still with the charm of old Europe
and a young crowd, Prague is the place to be. Prague, which is
popular among many young backpackers, has plenty of winding
historic streets to get lost on and gothic structures to
explore. With its warm summers, it’s also the perfect time to
enjoy the famous Vltava River lounging on a boat while passing
the cities beautiful architecture and bridges. And let’s not
forget the one thing that Prague might be best known for – its
beer. Known as the city that “invented” beer, grads can indulge
in a variety of brews on the cheap.

6. Paris, France
Those looking for a romantic vacation after graduation often
look right at Paris. This city is always a favorite among
graduates looking for that quintessential European experience.
Filled with art, fashion, food and culture, the City of Light
offers a broad range of experiences. Visitors can luxuriate in
an afternoon at a Parisian café, visit the Eiffel Tower or pay
their respects to Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde at Pere-Lachaise
cemetary. Wine enthusiasts should also visit Willi’s Wine Bar
with over 300 wines and a hip atmosphere. Even better, right
after graduation the climate is mild, with warm and pleasant
days.

7. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok’s tropical climate and truly exotic setting make it
one of the world’s most traveled-to spots, and it’s surely on
many graduates’ wish-lists. A destination that is full of
surprises and adventures, it’s no surprise that it attracts so
many young adults. The city ignites the senses with its striking
skyscrapers, delicious street foods and bustling tuk-tuck taxis
zipping through traffic. Renowned for its nightlife on Khoa San
Road, Bangkok is also known for its all night Full Moon beach
parties. It is also not uncommon for travelers to see Elephants
parading through the streets.

8. Rome, Italy
Warm, dry summer days, amazing food and colorful locals
makes Rome a fantastic post-graduation destination. Combining
the old and new unlike any other destination can, this city
encapsulates the history and culture of Italy, with sites like
the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi fountain and the Vatican. But
more importantly, graduates can celebrate with the tastes of
Italy by spoiling themselves with pasta, pizza, gelato and wine.
Even though there is a bustling club scene, do as the Romans do
and enjoy an evening at a local piazza or café to mingle with
locals over a glass of wine or a cappuccino.

9. Bali, Indonesia
With over 17,500 islands, Indonesia is the perfect pick for
graduates who’ve been cooped up in libraries for the last four
years and are now ready to escape. One of the highlights of
Indonesia is certainly Bali. With long days, hot weather,
crystal clear waters, Bali is the perfect beach getaway. The
island also offers great waves and colorful coral reefs for the
more adventurous grads looking to surf, dive or snorkel. And if
those outdoor activities are not entertainment enough, come
midnight, the island transforms from a quiet retreat to an all
night dance party.

10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For those who don’t follow the typical graduating schedule
and happen to exit university in December, Dubai is a great
destination to fly off to. Dubai’s warm weather and status as a
regional luxury shopping and tourism hub creates an extremely
diverse set of activities that are sure to please even the most
indecisive of recent grads. It’s the only place in the world
where you can cool off at the Wild Wadi Waterpark and then
bundle up for snow sports at the indoor Ski Dubai attraction.
You could also go from a safari through the Arabian Desert right
to lounging on a white sand beach with a fruity cocktail. Like
to shop? Visit one of Dubai’s tax free malls or Eastern Markets
for a bargain.

It’s interesting that the vast majority of top ten travel destinations for graduates are in Europe as shown in this article at Reuters. Why is it that there is such an attraction to Europe? One aspect of course is that as the value of the Euro falls it makes the cost of traveling and buying experience in Europe less costly for US graduates.

Europe Travel Guides

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

BUDGET TIPS – this article looks at the top ten budget tips in the form of European travel guides. The list provides a detailed summary of each European location which is a great starting point for each site. In addition, a key aspect of the article is to provide a low cost option with what tends to be expensive European trips.

Europe Travel Guides

Europe can be an expensive destination for any traveler. Let’s Go Travel Guides-the only travel guide created exclusively by students, for students-is here to help by offering up their top ten budget tips and secrets from the new Let’s Go Budget series.

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) April 03, 2012

Getting the most bang for each buck is a lofty challenge for the typical traveler in Europe. Fortunately, Let’s Go Travel Guides has agreed to share the top ten freebie and budget secrets from its new Let’s Go Budget series. From Spain to Turkey, these destination-specific tips will maximize travelers’ cultural experiences abroad while keeping their wallets nice and plump.

Here are Let’s Go’s top ten budget travel tips:

1. Olympics (London): Catch some Olympic glory without spending a penny by attending one of the free events, such as the marathon, triathlon, or cycling road race. Head to Hyde Park to catch the cycling portion of the triathlon.

2. Dos de Mayo (Madrid): Malasaña’s biggest party honors the memory of the madrileños who were killed in the fight to free Spain from Joseph Napoleon-and for travelers, that means free museum entry, live music, and dancing on May 2nd.

3. Bazaars (Istanbul): At Istanbul’s markets, American travelers should pretend they’re anything but American. Speaking a foreign language other than English translates into lower prices. It’s also smart to ignore the gimmicks found immediately upon entering the bazaar and head straight to the backstreets, where vendors are likely to have more practical products and be more receptive to bargaining.

4. Vatican Museums (Rome): Normally a whopping €15, this popular museum complex opens its doors for free on the last Sunday of every month. Beyond the Sistine Chapel, be sure to check out the Pinacoteca, home to some of the best Italian art from the 12th-17th centuries by artists like Giotto, Fra Angelico, Raphael, and Caravaggio.

5. Museumjaarkaart (Amsterdam): Dutch for “Museum Year Pass,” the Museumjaarkaart grants unlimited access to Amsterdam’s many museums. Travelers planning on going to more than two or three museums while in the city should rush to buy one of these.

6. Poble Espanyol (Barcelona): Head to Shangó Bar on Tuesday and Wednesday nights for free salsa lessons.

7. New Europe Tours (Prague): Czech out New Europe’s free city tour to get acquainted with Prague’s major sights. Paid options are also available, including a castle tour, beer tour, Terezín concentration camp tour, and Kutná Hora tour.

8. Garage (Berlin): “Happy Hour” (Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm) at secondhand store Garage offers 30% off of prices that already make travelers weak in the knees.

9. Ferries (Athens): To get from Athens to the neighboring Cyclades at a lower cost, trade the plane for the ferry. For further savings, take a standard ferry-they’re cheaper, and they run more frequently, than the fast ferries.

10. Palazzo Pitti (Florence): It may cost €10, but a ticket to the Palazzo Pitti can get travelers access to three museums and the Boboli Gardens.

In terms of this digest of European Travel guides we hope you find some useful information – the list was produced by Let’s Go Travel Guides which is produced by Harvard students in order to help students. So this provides an explanation as to why the whole thing is ‘budget based’. See the original at SFGate.